Round 2 brings, at the Australian Open, a duel between a player who has long flirted with the World Top 10 and one who has approached this terminal.
Julia Goerges (31 years old) occupies the 39th place now, but had climbed to 9th 15 months ago.
Petra Martic (29 years old) is at the peak of his career, reaching 14th place. His ambition is to reach the Top 10, but there is still more there (over 1,500 points, if the winner of the Australia Open wins receive 2,000 points).
Julia Goerges: Team shape, news and statistics
Julia Goerges had oscillating results earlier this year: four wins and two defeats, general setup 10-6.
All six games ended in two sets, without reaching the decisive. Julia Goerges won without any emotion the matches with lower ranked opponents and lost those with superclass tennis (Caroline Wozniacki and Belinda Bencic).
Julia Goerges (39th WTA) in 2020:
▪️6-1, 6-2 with Viktoria Kuzmova (60) – Melbourne
▪️6-7, 6-7 with Belinda Bencic (Switzerland, 7) – Adelaide
▪️7-6, 6-3 with Priscilla Hon (Australia, 139) – Adelaide
▪️1-6, 4-6 with Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, 36) – Auckland
▪️6-3, 6-2 with Jil Teichmann (Switzerland, 68) – Auckland
▪️6-1, 7-6 with Greetje Minnen (Belgium, 119) – Auckland
Petra Martic: Team shape, news and statistics
Petra Martic has played only three matches this year. From Auckland, New Zealand, she came straight to Melbourne for the Australian Open, without registering for the Adelaide tournament.
The Croatian finished last year, the best of her career, with a participation in the WTA Elite Trophy, a kind of “League 2 Championship Tournament” (the players from 9-16 in the world).
Last year, Petra Martic came in round 5 (quarterfinals) at Roland Garros, in round 4 (eighth) at Wimbledon and US Open.
Won the Istanbul tournament, played the final in Zhengzhou, reached the semifinals in Charleston and Birmingham (defeated by Julia Goerges).
Petra Martic (14th WTA) in 2020:
▪️6-3, 6-0 with Christina McHale (USA, 84)
▪️6-3, 4-6, 4-6 with Alize Cornet (France, 61)
▪️5-7, 6-4, 6-4 with Usue Maitane Arconada (USA, 131)
🎾Direct match statistics Julia Goerges vs Petra Martic
Julia Goerges has won both direct confrontations, disputed at a distance of 11 years. For the first time, in the youth of the two fighters, he defeated Petra Martic in three sets, and last year in two sets.
The two direct meetings:
▪️2008: Goerges – Martic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
▪️2019: Goerges – Martic 6-4, 6-3
🎾What is the shape of the players in the last 5 matches?
◽️Julia Goerges (# 39 WTA, 32 years old) has already played in two tournaments this year, Auckland and Adelaide.
◽️If he defeated Teichmann and Minnen in Auckland, losing to Wozniacki, he defeated the modest Hon in Adelaide, to lose Belinda Bencic.
◽️German tennis has already played its first match at the Australian Open, defeating Kuzmova extremely quickly, in less than an hour of play, score 6-1 / 6-2.
◽️Goerges managed no less than eight aces with the athlete on the # 60 WTA, with only one double mistake.
◽️She had a 55% percentage at the first service, awarding 18 of the 23 points at this point in the game.
◽️In addition, he converted four of six break chances.
◽️Petra Martic (# 14 WTA, 29 years old) only attended Auckland until coming to AO and it cannot be said that she broke the fair’s mouth.
◽️After hardly passing Arconada, beaten tennis and Gabi Ruse a few days ago, Petra Martic gave in to Cornet, score 6-3 / 4-6 / 4-6.
◽️In the first round of the Australian Open, however, Martic crushed Christina McHale, the # 84 WTA, score 6-3 / 6-0, after an hour and 24 minutes of play.
◽️Not necessarily the service made the difference, considering that it had a percentage of 65% in the first, with 27 points out of 40 transformed, but the return, given that it recorded four of nine chances of break.
🎾News, analysis, statistics and progress about the 2 players.
▫️It never passed the AO optimums, a phase it ticked in 2015, 2013 and 2012.
▫️His last 8 matches were cut in minimum sets.
▫️He has won both matches with Martic so far, 2-0 on grass at Birmingham 2019, respectively 2-1 on hard at Portoroz 2008.
▫️5 out of 7 WTA tournaments from his track record came on hard, most recently in Auckland, in 2019.
▫️# 9 WTA is the highest ranking of his career (August 2018).
▫️Neither has she passed the AO optimum, a phase she only reached in 2018.
▫️2 of his last 3 matches were cut only in 3 sets.
▫️He won only one WTA career title, Istanbul 2019, on the slag.
▫️He managed 10 aces in the 3 games played this year, with one more than Goerges recorded in a single match played in AO 2020.
▫️He is in the best career ranking (# 14 WTA).
Tennis Prediction of the Day Julia Goerges vs Petra Martic
It is hard to believe that Petra Martic, 14th in the world, will not get Julia Goerges even a set.
The Croatian had an excellent start in Melbourne, 6-3, 6-0 with American Christina McHale, indicating a very good form.
Julia Goerges, 6-1, 6-2, also started with Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova, so an extremely balanced match is announced.
This balance predisposes the match to reach the decisive set. Bookmakers favor Goerges, but the WTA standings and sports form are arguments for Martic.
Prediction Today: Petra Martic +1.5 sets